Victoria’s Trip to NCVS – Day 3

As I write this recap of Day 3, I’m back home in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan, although it was quite a trek getting back here.

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But I’m going to jump back to yesterday in Atlanta. Day 3 started off with the final learning session. I attended an intriguing panel on engaging military members to civilian life though service. The Corporation of National and Community Service (CNCS) has taken the lead, and is working to recruit veterans to serve in AmeriCorps. This session was really informative, and gave me great resources to share with those of you working with transitioning veterans.

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I then ventured to the closing plenary, where I met up with Deanna again. We were lucky enough to score third row seats! This plenary started with beautiful renditions of Maya Angelou’s poems.  Rev. Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock, Senior Pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, then spoke on helping those around you. My favorite line from his speech was “My income does not determine my outcome.”

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My favorite part of the closing plenary happened at the very end. I’m a big Country music fan, so to my delight Kristian Bush from Sugarland took the stage and talked about story telling. He closed the conference by telling a story, a rather famous story, that’s commonly known as Sugarland’s hit “Baby Girl”.

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After the conference, I did take some me time and wandered over to the Georgia Aquarium. I love Aquariums, so here’s a few pictures of the fish I saw.

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Thanks for following me on this fun adventure. I can’t thank the family of Sara Ballard and Volunteer Centers of Michigan enough for giving me this opportunity. If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about the sessions I attended, please email me at vleonhardt@glcyd.org or call 906-228-8919 x113.

-Victoria

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